Launch of the State Department Apprenticeship Program, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and Internationas


Please join the launch of the Department of State Learning Program, hosted by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. The learning program is an unprecedented effort by the Ministry to institutionalize evidence-based learning and implement the Foundations of Evidence-Based Policy Making Act 2018 (“Evidence-Based Policy Act”). “). The Evidence Act requires federal agencies to develop a “learning agenda” — a systematic plan for answering a set of relevant policy questions critical to achieving the agency’s strategic goals. He will guide the department’s efforts over the next four years through eight issues to increase the impact of U.S. foreign policy and strengthen the Secretary of State’s modernization efforts. The event will feature a keynote followed by a panel of foreign policy and evidence-building experts for an in-depth discussion on questions 1 and 2 of the learning agenda:

  1. How can the State Department improve the effectiveness of its diplomatic interventions to better advance foreign policy goals?
  1. How can the Department improve the effectiveness and sustainability of its foreign assistance efforts?

Keynote speaker: Ambassador Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the US State Department. Panel to include:

  • Barbara BodinDirector and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy of the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
  • David Connellydirector of learning, evaluation and research at the US Institute of Peace
  • Eric Rosenbachco-director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Douglas PitkinDirector of the Bureau of Budget & Planning (BP) at the United States Department of State (Closing remarks)
  • Dafna RandDirector of the Office of Foreign Assistance (F) at the US Department of State (moderator)

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